This year in Seattle, it's really been more of a SounDirge.
In fourteen games played, Sigi Schmid's team has scored thirteen goals. For NYCFC, David Villa has 11 by himself.
With Clint Dempsey still away on Copa America duty for the United States -- woooo, third place game!!! -- homegrown scion Jordan Morris will lead the line for Seattle, who have produced four of their five total wins at home. But J-Mo won't be the only rookie phenom on display at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon. No, sir.
Let's talk Jumpin' Jack Flash.
Yes, Jack Harrison is good at soccering. After scoring on his full debut at home against Real Salt Lake, the Bolton Brawler turned around and made the MLS Team of the Week following a dazzling effort last weekend against Philadelphia, highlighted by a magical backheel assist for David Villa. With Harrison and Tommy McNamara lined up on either side of Villa, Patrick Vieira has discovered his brightest, most creative front three to date.
They'll have every chance to raise more hell on Saturday, because the 2016 edition of the Seattle Sounders looks like the weakest one we've seen in, like, a while.
"We’ve got to score goals. It’s a matter of continuing to go to the practice ground, continuing to work on our finishing," gaffer Schmid said after last weekend's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, the Sounders' fourth defeat in their last five games. "We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing. It’s not like we’re not creating chances. We’re creating chances. We have to continue to do that and we have to continue to believe in how we’re playing."
Come on, you boys in Blue. Kick 'em while they're down. In fact, we peered into the future the other day and saw this:
Really, Saturday is a win-win for fans who support both New York City FC and the U.S. Men's National Team: you can cheer for Clint Dempsey against Colombia, but also jeer all of Deuce's Sounders teammates at 5:00pm ET on ESPN.
What could be better than that?
INJURED & ABSENT
OUT: Roman Torres (ACL tear)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Clint Dempsey (USAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaiiiiiiiiiiii)
New York City:
OUT: Federico Bravo (calf injury), Stiven Mendoza (core injury)
SUSPENDED: Jason Hernandez (sent off for second yellow)
New York City FC 2, Seattle Sounders 0. The home team comes out toothless, while David Villa and Tommy McNamara score on either side of halftime to snag three huge points for the good guys.